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Old 11-18-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Did anybody see what Dan Rafael has been tweeting recently in regards to British fans and our views?

I'll admit that this guy really gets up my nose. Some of the things he comes out with cause to me really scratch my head in disbelief. Of course as boxing fan he's entitled to his opinion like the rest of us, it just really boggles how this guy has managed to get himself a pretty cushdy job with ESPN as their boxing correspondent.

What do you guys think of him?
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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I don't mind him, he can be an annoying cunt at times but he clearly loves the sport is quick with the boxing news, he also doesn't mince his words, I loved seeing him rip the shit out of Frank W.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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I think he's a bellend who has his moments. Great for scoops though.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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The problem with him is he dishes it out constantly but can take none back.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:51 PM   #5
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He was a utter prick IMO but yesterday's tweets aimed at Fisheyes has elevated him to just a prick.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #6
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He was a utter prick IMO but yesterday's tweets aimed at Fisheyes has elevated him to just a prick.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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I can't stand him. He's looked upon as one of boxings best journalists and yet he acts in a way which would embarrass a proper journalist. Instead of being impartial, he resorts to insulting fighters he doesn't like, even using childish nicknames for them. I think he's a pathetic journalist. He has the personality of a good General Forum poster but with great contacts.

I do read what he writes but his opinion is worthless to me, so I ignore all that and skip to the useful information he provides.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:04 PM   #8
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I can't stand him. He's looked upon as one of boxings best journalists and yet he acts in a way which would embarrass a proper journalist. Instead of being impartial, he resorts to insulting fighters he doesn't like, even using childish nicknames for them. I think he's a pathetic journalist. He has the personality of a good General Forum poster but with great contacts.

I do read what he writes but his opinion is worthless to me, so I ignore all that and skip to the useful information he provides.
This.

When he seen Haye in person, didn't he run/roll away from him? I'm sure I read that before
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:05 PM   #9
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Dan Rafael routinely steals material from other boxing writers and passes it off as his own. I've seen the evidence on more than a few occasions. He lifts sentences and paragraphs almost verbatim.

That right there is enough to view him as a scumbag.

He also loves to dish it out, but has super thin skin himself and can't take any criticism.

He also is biased, like when he says as he did on Friday that David Haye "doesn't deserve the shot or the payday" against Vitali. This even though Haye did what they asked of him and beat Chisora. So Charr and Briggs did deserve the title shot?

He may get some inside info, though he has grown lazy and gets less of that then he used to. But overall, Rafael is a scumbag.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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Haye and Booth offered him an interview to tell their side of the story with the brothers and he didn't reply. And yes, when they saw him at a fight, he more or less bolted.

He's all right - a good writer, excellent networks, and can generally see the business side of things clearly. But he's basically a columnist, spewing out his opinions as if they're fact. Which is a shame, because when he does investigative articles he's actually very astute.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #11
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Dan Rafael routinely steals material from other boxing writers and passes it off as his own. I've seen the evidence on more than a few occasions. He lifts sentences and paragraphs almost verbatim.

That right there is enough to view him as a scumbag.

He also loves to dish it out, but has super thin skin himself and can't take any criticism.

He also is biased, like when he says as he did on Friday that David Haye "doesn't deserve the shot or the payday" against Vitali. This even though Haye did what they asked of him and beat Chisora. So Charr and Briggs did deserve the title shot?

He may get some inside info, though he has grown lazy and gets less of that then he used to. But overall, Rafael is a scumbag.
This. Fat Dan knows his stuff which is probably the only reason he's a journalist as his spelling and writing is shite. Always complaining about things but when someone calls him fat on twitter they get blocked!
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:13 PM   #12
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This. Fat Dan knows his stuff which is probably the only reason he's a journalist as his spelling and writing is shite. Always complaining about things but when someone calls him fat on twitter they get blocked!
It really isn't. I also agree with him blocking someone for calling him fat. What's that got to do with boxing debate?
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
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Haye and Booth offered him an interview to tell their side of the story with the brothers and he didn't reply. And yes, when they saw him at a fight, he more or less bolted.

He's all right - a good writer, excellent networks, and can generally see the business side of things clearly. But he's basically a columnist, spewing out his opinions as if they're fact. Which is a shame, because when he does investigative articles he's actually very astute.
Most of Dan's marerial these days is rewritten press releases. I get most of the same releases so I know this, but much of the public doesn't and thinks Dan is going out and getting these quotes, etc. He never indicates it when he's using a press release.

He's grown arrogant and lazy these days, which is why he steals the work of other writers and passes it off as his own. Believe me, he's got a lot of enemies in boxing writer land.

I knew one guy, a trainer, who used to email back and forth with Dan, and one time the guy dared to disagree with him on something, and Dan quit talking to him, instantly. That's how thin-skinned he is.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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He said fans who want to see a Froch-Ward rematch must still be drunk from the night before. Also said British fans think we would win a rematch Revolutionary War because we're that deluded.

Fickle comments like that, you'd think the bloke was about 7. What I dislike particularly about him is how much of a brown nose he his. He's always tweeting American fighters and having love ins with them, you'd think he and Andre Ward were newly married the way they tweet each other.

Also when he meets fighters face-to-face, he's says nothing. He slags David Haye a lot, I've heard a story that when they came face to face one time Rafael skipped away like a little girl before David said something to him. Chicken shit.
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Dan Rafael routinely steals material from other boxing writers and passes it off as his own. I've seen the evidence on more than a few occasions. He lifts sentences and paragraphs almost verbatim.

That right there is enough to view him as a scumbag.

He also loves to dish it out, but has super thin skin himself and can't take any criticism.

He also is biased, like when he says as he did on Friday that David Haye "doesn't deserve the shot or the payday" against Vitali. This even though Haye did what they asked of him and beat Chisora. So Charr and Briggs did deserve the title shot?

He may get some inside info, though he has grown lazy and gets less of that then he used to. But overall, Rafael is a scumbag.
Pretty much sums it up for me.
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